I've had this piece for a couple years now, but I consider it a staple piece. So this is one of those times that I detour from the CPW (cost per wear) formula, because I often don't wear statement pieces as often, however I tend to keep them for a much longer period because they transcend the ever-changing trend scene.
|Vest: The Limited - old (similar, similar, similar, similar, different alternative)|
Dress: NY & Co - sold out (similar, similar, similar)
Handbag: H&M - sold out (similar, similar, similar)
Boots: vintage (similar, similar, similar)
Half gloves: eBay (exact match)
This piece also has greater versatility which offsets the investment. It can work at the office, church or date night. And can be worn with a variety of color palettes and add a punch of attitude to dresses, slacks or jeans.
In this case, taking a black dress (that I was going to get rid of) and adding the vest, some gloves and a fringe bag, easily added edge to a very simplistic base.
Just keep in mind that when it comes to purchase investment pieces, think long term about it will work with your wardrobe. You're not seeking to justify the price, I am just suggesting that your listing of reasons has more pros than cons.
On another note, I've finally transitioned out of "the boot" and I'm now wearing a these New Balances...every day. Ugh...so yeah, I'm not really a sneaker girl, but I have to give myself time to heal.
But I've never been so excited to finally get into a pair of flats! This broken foot has totally made getting dressed in the mornings more challenging that usual!
I hope your week is off to a great start! Be sure to check back often in the upcoming weeks, I'm working on a pretty sweet holiday giveaway for my readers and I wouldn't want you to miss out!